Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks open preseason in Columbus

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

The Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the preseason Tuesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.


**Can Panik improve upon his breakout 2016-17 season? (SCH)

**What does Pokka’s future hold with the Hawks? (SCH)

**Schmaltz should be Blackhawks’ 2nd-line center on opening day (SCH)

**Roster math, not performance, could decide Hayden’s fate (Chicago Sun Times)

**Anisimov not worried about possible demotion to third line (Chicago Sun Times)

**Franson has something to prove with Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Rutta embracing Chicago both on and off the ice (CSN)


**RECAP: Malone scores in shootout to send Wild past Jets (NHL)

**Wild extend captain Koivu’s contract for 2 years, $11M (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild T25U25: Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen at No. 15 (Hockey Wilderness)

**Preds players will have say on who next captain is (The Tennessean)

**Data Analysis: What does Ellis’ injury mean for Preds? (On The Forecheck)

**Rutherford: From Tage to Tippett, here are some early impressions from Blues' camp (The Athletic)

**New Blues linemates for Blais (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Stars will keep top pick Heiskanen in Finland (PHT)

**Avalanche cuts five players from training camp (Mile High Hockey)

**Kerfoot, Toninato will help Avs sooner than you expect (Mile High Hockey)


**RECAP: Ryan scores twice as Canes beat Sabres in preseason opener (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Schaller scores late to give Bruins win over Habs (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**RECAP: Pionk, Rangers defeat Islanders in OT (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Hischier scores in debut for Devils (All About The Jersey)

**RECAP: Hoffman scores twice early, Sens cruise past Maple Leafs (Silver Seven)

**Duhatschek: One-on-one with Gretzky on NHL in China, being a grandfather, Connor McDavid (The Athletic)

**Portzline: Still with Blue Jackets, Ryan Murray seeks to elevate play (The Athletic)


**Top 25 Under 25 in women’s hockey: Follow the countdown (The Ice Garden)

**Top 25 Under 25: Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley at No. 12 (The Ice Garden)

**Top 25 Under 25: Wisconsin forward Annie Pankowski at No. 13 (The Ice Garden)